February 5, 2013

PORTLAND: Solidarity Actions This Week!

There are three important actions and events this week:

Demand Health Care Rights for Aramark Workers
El Salvador 2013 Labor Solidarity Tour
Leaflet in support of striking UNFI workers

1. Demand Health Care Rights for Aramark Workers

Unite Here members from The Keller Auditorium and the Expo Center will rally at the Metro Exposition and Recreation Commission (MERC) monthly meeting to let the city know that health care and workers' rights are important to our community! Currently none of the Aramark workers at The Keller Auditorium and the Expo Center qualify for health care benefits.

Meet at 12 noon, Wednesday February 6 in front of the Metro Council Offices, 600 NE Grand.

2. El Salvador 2013 Labor Solidarity Tour

Featuring Alexander Gomez: Treasurer of the Federation of Public Service Workers (FESTRASPES) and President of the National Lottery Workers Union (SITRALONB).

Come hear a leader from the Salvadoran Union movement discuss:
How the US is pushing a privatization law in El Salvador .
How Salvadoran and US movements can learn and grow from one another.
The impacts of and victories against past privatization in El Salvador.
What YOU can do to support workers in El Salvador!

Wednesday, February 6th at 6pm. SEIU 503l, 6401 SE Foster Rd.

3. Leaflet in Support of Striking UNFI workers

United Natural Foods, Inc (UNFI), the largest organic foods distributor in the country, is hurting workers and refusing to play by the rules. Since last March, the company has committed dozens of unfair labor practices. Workers (members of Teamsters 117) have been on strike since December 10 and they need your support.

From Thursday to Saturday, the big trade show Organicology is happening at the downtown Hilton. On Saturday , Tom Philpott of Mother Jones magazine will be giving the keynote address at breakfast, and we will be outside to leaflet attendees.

7.30am, Saturday February 9th, at the Hilton entrance at 921 SW 6th Avenue.

For more information about the struggle see www.unfidrivenbygreed.com.

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